FAQ: What Is Mild Cognitive Impairment?

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What is mild cognitive impairment?

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Dr. Leslie Kernisan is the author of a popular blog and podcast at BetterHealthWhileAging.net. She is also a clinical instructor in the University of California, San Francisco, Division of Geriatrics.

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a condition in which a person shows objective evidence of decreased mental abilities, but the problems are not severe enough to interfere with everyday functioning.

Someone with mild cognitive impairment may have trouble remembering events, finding the right word, concentrating while reading, or using reasoning or judgment skills. But these difficulties don't interfere with holding a job or living alone.

Many, but not all, people with mild cognitive impairment eventually progress to clinical Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. Others may get better.

Because mild cognitive impairment can be caused by treatable problems, such as depression, medication side effects, and hormonal issues, it's important to seek medical attention if you're concerned about mild cognitive impairment.

Learn more about mild cognitive impairment.

Community Answers

Dr sylvia thomas answered...

My mother just had a month of trouble remembering words,using reasoning and remembering people.I brought her home with me for "vacation" and started working on her medication and depression.I just left her at the airport,happy and talkative,back to her home,after 30 days.

Asapstar answered...

I'm the "patient", I'm very aware of forgetting words,and conversations. I recently retired simply because of this condition. I'm enjoying my retirement and I take it a day at a time. I write down important events and on occasion conversations I've had as a reminder of meetings and future tasks. I'm more relaxed and the level of stress I experienced while working has decreased.

Pat n answered...

I find myself having difficulty remembering the exact date and time of upcoming activities and plans... for minor activities I sometimes pretend that I do remember the details rather than admit I don't. There have been times when I have no recollection of the upcoming event if it is not terribly important. I don't have trouble with daily tasks, keep track of finances, remembering books I am reading, people I meet (although not always the names of casual acquaintances. I am 65 and take medication for cholesterol and high blood pressure.